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Could DE Dorance Armstrong Help Cowboys Deal With Losing Robert Quinn?

was one of the bright spots in the ' . But if Quinn's big play means he finds a lucrative deal with another team, could third-year player help the Cowboys deal with losing last season's sack leader?

Armstrong was a fourth-round pick in 2018 and has been limited to only about 25% of the team's defensive snaps the last two years. He had two last year despite limited duty, providing a glimmer of hope that he can get to the .

If Quinn does leave the Cowboys, Armstrong and are the only defensive ends locked in for 2020 who have proven skills.

There is hope that will be reinstated and can be Quinn's potential replacement. He's still under contract and would likely be the Week One starter if he returns. The league should grant Randy's request if it's made, but there's no guarantee of that at this point.

If neither Gregory or Quinn are available in 2020 then the Cowboys will likely look for a free agent option or draft a defensive end with a premium pick. But as we experienced recently with , trusting a rookie to walk in and contribute is also dicey..

At the bare minimum, we could see Dallas employ a strategy of using or on run and then bringing in Armstrong when they expect the pass. But those kind of blatant personnel changes give the opportunities to adjust and counter.

This is one of many spots on the roster where the Cowboys face a difficult choice. Do you trust a mid-round draft pick with a few years of development with a major role, or do you spend money and/or draft picks this on a safer option?

Dallas could just re-sign Robert Quinn, of course, but somebody is going to lose in this offseason's round of Musical Chairs. It feels like it may come down to Quinn or , and at least right now the team seems to be leaning more toward the defensive end than the .

If Quinn does return then Dorance Armstrong can remain a rotation piece. And if Randy Gregory gets reinstated on top of that, it may be a boring year for Armstrong.

The presence of players like Armstrong, , , and other young prospects from recent years matter as Dallas navigates this busy . They drafted these players to contribute and at a certain point they have to give them opportunities to do so.

Can the Cowboys leap from a proven veteran like Robert Quinn to trusting Dorance Armstrong with greater responsibility? It's a tough sell, but Dallas may have to bite the bullet on some of these decisions with so many needs throughout the roster.

Jess Haynie
Jess Haynie
Cowboys fan since 1992, blogger since 2011. Bringing you the objectivity of an outside perspective with the passion of a die-hard fan. I love to talk to my readers, so please comment on any article and I'll be sure to respond!

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